The role of eye movements in EMDR for PTSD: A single-subject dismantling study
The following study evaluated whether the eye movement component of EMDR was necessary to account for positive treatment effects in subjects with PTSD. Utilizing a single subject alternating treatments design, replicated across four subjects, the effectiveness of EMDR was contrasted with the effectiveness of a similar procedure minus the eye movements (NDE). Results showed that subjects improved following both EMDR and NDE suggesting that eye movements in EMDR are not necessary for positive treatment effects. Further research is warranted to determine which component or combination of components is necessary to achieve the positive effects of EMDR.
Original Work Citation
VanDeusen, K. M. (1999, November). The role of eye movements in EMDR for PTSD: A single-subject dismantling study. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, 60(5-B),n2373
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